All shoes need to be polished at some time, especially if they are leather. Here is how to do it:
1. Make sure the surface of your shoes is clean before you start polishing them. Give it an extra brush down with a rough cloth to remove any dust, dirt or grit.
2. Take a damp cloth and wipe off excess polish on the shoe surfaces. This will help remove the excess oils on your hands so that you don’t accidentally get them on the surfaces of your shoes.
3. Get yourself a soft, circular, lint free cloth – one you won’t mind throwing away afterwards.
4. Put a little polish in a bowl or dish. I have noticed that a soft cream works better than a liquid polish as it doesn’t tend to run off the shoe and it spreads a lot easier.
5. Apply a small dab of polish to your cloth and gently rub over one side of the shoe surface, making sure you don’t miss any areas. You want all your hard work from the polishing to show up and not be covered by dust. I like to go in first with the polish and then move on to a clean cloth and buff the surface of my shoes until they gleam.
6. Take some wax or age shoe cream and put it over any scuff marks that you may have accidentally created during the polishing process. This will help to hide any marks and give your shoes a shine.
7. Make sure you don’t miss the heel of the shoe, as this is an area which sometimes gets covered up by dirt or mud during normal wear. A little brush with a toothbrush can help with this process (especially if you use it on the metal detailing too).
8. Finally, take a dry cloth and wipe off the excess polish from the shoe surfaces again to ensure that your shoes look shiny but not too slippery. You can then maintain this shine by buffing with a dry cloth every few days.
9. Make sure you store your shoes in a cool, dry place so that they don’t get ruined by damp or water marks from humidity and high temperatures. And if the humid weather just won’t let up, use some shoe bags to help keep the air around your shoes fresh.
Well there you have it, now you can see why I don’t really like polishing my own shoes – it just takes too long! So an option is to buy some good quality shoe cream and use that instead of polish every few weeks or so. This way it will go on easier and help to clean and shine your shoes at the same time.
So, what do you think? Will this method work for you? Or have a better way of polishing shoes that I haven’t mentioned here?
So this is how to Polish Shoes.